News & Events

  • September 24, 2013

    Classes in Spanish for GIC

    The NHLA will offer courses in Spanish and English featuring successful company owners and other Hispanic leaders in late October in Louisville, KY. For a complete schedule and description of the courses, please click here .

  • July 11, 2013

    Apple iPad Giveaway

    Visit us at GIE+Expo Booth 10158 to learn how you can win an Apple iPad this week!

  • July 11, 2013

    NHLA ED speaks in Long Beach

    Ralph Egües, the NHLA Executive Director, was the opening session speaker at the 2013 Landscape Expo in Long Beach, CA. His lunchtime presentation on the 16th of October focused on the importance of the landscape industry and US Latinos to one another. The NHLA also had a booth, #355, at the two-day event and a number of conference attendees joined the NHLA.

  • July 11, 2013

    Join us on the Hill in DC this month

    The NHLA will again join with PLANET in visiting Members of Congress and staff, and administration officials on the 23rd of July to advance positions of importance to our members. This year our greatest concern is the recently enacted H-2B wage rule which has placed at risk the continued viability of reputable employers in the landscape industry and others.

  • April 16, 2013

    Adjudication of Most H-2B Petitions Suspended

    As announced by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on April 2, 2013, USCIS has temporarily suspended adjudication of certain Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers appropriate action in response to the Court order entered March 21, 2013 in Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas et al v. Solis, 2:09-cv-00240-LDD (E.D. Pa).

  • June 16, 2012

    NHLA President featured in Hispanic Executive Magazine

    Jesus "Chuy" Medrano, was a featured entrepreneur in the Hispanic Executive summer issue. The article in the July/August/September issue includes highlights of Chuy’s career, from his start in the landscape industry to his becoming the CEO and owner of one of the most successful landscaping companies in the country. During his interview, Chuy also spoke about his experience with the NHLA, "When I was approached to join the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance, it didn't require any consideration. My goal is to get every Latino in the landscaping industry to join the Alliance because I believe there is power in numbers and that we can make a difference."

  • June 13, 2012

    DOL issues H-2B Program Statistics

    A recent report of selected statistic on the H-2B program illustrates the great importance of this program to the landscape industry. Three of the top 10 occupations for H-2B workers, "Laborer / Landscape", "Groundskeeper, Industrial Commercial", and "Landscape Gardener" are related to the landscape industry. Laborer / Landscape, the top occupation, alone employs more H-2B workers than the other nine occupations combined!

  • May 17, 2012

    Members of Congress write Secretary Solis regarding H-2B

    Thirty-eight members of Congress wrote Secretary Hilda Solis, opposing the Department of Labor’s recent proposed changes to the H-2B visa program. The letter, written at the request of the NHLA and other members of the H-2B Coalition, strongly urged Secretary Solis to officially withdraw both pending H-2B regulation due to the financial hardship these proposed changes would cause small businesses that rely on the program. The letter emphasized that the claims of small businesses against the new H-2B regulations were validated by recent federal court findings.

  • May 4, 2012

    NHLA participates in Day of Service

    National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA) members RulyScapes, Denison Landscaping, and John Deere Landscapes, and others, contributed more than $8,000.00 in labor and materials to build a new playground for the Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) and improve the seven acres of playing fields at the non-profit community sports park in Centreville, Virginia. The SYA Sports Park provides a rare opportunity for children to play organized sports on natural grass fields in a part of the country where state-owned and municipal fields have largely been converted to artificial turf. The finished playground includes a play unit with swings and slides, as well as a series of low ground level activities, making the space attractive to different age groups. “As the grateful recipients of this service project, we have not only realized important site improvements, we have also become more aware of the significant environmental and human health benefits of our natural grass playing fields,” said SYA President, Gary Flather, to NHLA members who participated in the National Day of Service.

  • April 27, 2012

    Federal Judge blocks proposed H-2B Rules

    On April 23, the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance and others, filed a suit against the Department of Labor to stop the proposed changes to the H-2B visa program from going into effect. On April 27, 2012, Federal Judge Casey Rodgers issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the Department of Labor from enforcing the new H-2B regulations.

  • November 3rd, 2011

    ICC rejects 40% turf limitation!

    More than two-thirds of the building code officials present at the International Code Council proceedings in Phoenix, AZ voted to reject inclusion of a 40% turf limitation in the IgCC Code. The NHLA partnered with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and other industry associations in opposing the measure and our efforts gained the support of the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the National Association of State Fire Marshalls, and others.

  • October 28th, 2011

    Annual Membership Meeting

    The NHLA Annual Membership Meeting took place on Friday, October 28 at 9:00am at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, KY. Josh Denison (Denison Landscaping – Fort Washington, MD) and Lalo Torres (Sun Hardscaping – Raleigh, NC) were elected as Directors.

  • October 25, 2011

    EPA Announces Intent to Remove 40% turf limitation from WaterSense® program

    In a Notification of Intent (NOI), WaterSense outlines several proposed modifications under consideration including one affecting the landscape design portion of the program. The EPA currently allows two options for complying with landscape requirements; (1) Regionally-based allocations determined using EPA’s Water Budget Tool; or (2) Maximum turf allocation determined using a set percentage (i.e., 40 percent) of the landscaped area. The proposed modification would eliminate Option 2. "This is an important change, pursued by our association and others, that removes a policy adopted without scientific basis that fails to consider the significant environmental and human health benefits of turfgrass, including oxygen production, carbon sequestration, stormwater control and the reduction of site ambient temperatures." noted NHLA Executive Director Ralph Egües.

  • September 29th, 2011

    Green Industry Pros - Rising Force

  • September 19th, 2011

    NHLA sues US Department of Labor

    The National Hispanic Landscape Alliance joined the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and others in standing against the ill-conceived policies of the US Department of Labor (DOL) as a named plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in Florida. We prefer constructive engagement and will continue to seek dialogue over confrontation in furthering with our members their best interests. However, other efforts had failed to stop the DOL from requiring firms that hire H-2B labor to raise the compensation of those workers, and others they employ in similar roles by 50% or more. Had the measure gone into effect it would have caused companies to drastically scale back their operations or close.

  • July 26th, 2011

    Hispanically Speaking News– HSN Financial News - Landscaping business owners facing industry crisis amidst proposed policy changes

  • July 26th, 2011

    Semana News – Houston - reducción de jardines afecta medio ambiente y empleos

  • July 11th, 2011

    Lawn & Landscape - A new voice enters national dialogue

  • July 6th, 2011

    Impacto - Propietarios de negocios de jardinería y paisajismo confrontan crises en la industria por medio de cambios propuestos por el gobierno federal

  • June 14th, 2011

    Lawn & Landscape – Association News - NHLA supports senators concerns about EPA policy

  • June 14th, 2011

    Roll Call - Hispanic connection opens doors for niche group